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Hudson -- Members of Junior Leadership Hudson were given a first-hand look at local politics Feb. 13 when they spent some time at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus as guests of State Representative Kristina Daley Roegner (R-Hudson).
The 16 students, eight from Hudson High School and eight from Western Reserve Academy, took part in a House floor question-and-answer session with Roegner and a mock vote.
"It is always a joy for me to welcome the Junior Leadership Hudson group to the Statehouse," Roegner said. "I enjoy their thoughtful questions and interaction. When I meet with these junior leaders, my confidence in sustaining a bright future for our buckeye state is always renewed. What a talented group of young people."
Junior Leadership Hudson students are exposed to leaders in a variety of fields, according to Paul Milcetich, a Hudson High School unit principal and adviser for the group. The fields include: business; entrepreneurship; higher education; research; law; medicine; government; professional sports and economic development. There are six or seven sessions per year, Milcetich said.
"During each session, we ask speakers to focus on their organization, their background, and examples of leadership styles in their organization," Milcetich said.
The speakers are asked to answer four questions, Milcetich said.
The questions are: what do you see in young employees that would make you want to promote them to leadership positions?; what advice do you have with respect to motivating people working on a committee or with a group?; how do you encourage others to lead, assume leadership roles, and effectively delegate and what skills, traits? and undergraduate training do you look for in young graduates/prospective employees?
"The feedback from this session is that our JLH students very much enjoyed the opportunity to see state government in action, and we are thankful for Rep. Roegner, Senator LaRose, and the people from JobsOhio for taking the time to meet with our students," Milcetich said. "Junior Leadership Hudson students and adult facilitators realize not all high school students have this type of unique learning opportunity, and we are appreciate of the experience."
Megan Lee, a Hudson High School sophomore was one of the students who attended.
"We went there to learn about state government and the leadership responsibilities and roles involved in this career path," Megan said. "Our day was both fun and informative and I had an amazing experience learning about the diverse activities that happen at the courthouse, as well as meeting our state government members and hearing them talk to us about leadership and qualities that have made them successful."
Junior Leadership Hudson is an organization which works to help local students explore examples of leadership while giving them the tools to succeed in future endeavors.
Hudson High School students who attended were: sophomore Jenna Bouquot; junior Peyton Brown; sophomore Jackson Fitch; sophomore Megan Lee; junior Hasan Mutlu; sophomore Ashley Reed; sophomore Maddie Ricard and sophomore Noah Stupica.
Western Reserve Academy students who attended were: junior Abbey Griffith; junior Abby Hermosilla; junior Akeyla Jordan; sophomore Zoe Leciejewski; junior Alena Nichols; junior Mitch Polock; sophomore Ryan Stifler and junior Miles Van Blarcum.
For more information on Junior Leadership Hudson visit http://www.juniorleadershiphudson.org/.